In Loco Parentis

About

In the verdant village of Kells, Ireland, there's an antidote to the dark times we live in—a worn and weathered boarding school with a special magic. At the heart of the school is a bemused elderly couple, John and Amanda Leyden, who have taught with equal parts seriousness and silliness for more than 40 years. The delight of In Loco Parentis is watching the pair undertake beloved pedagogical rituals, from performing the writings of great authors to coaching a fledgling rock band, like donning a favorite sweater.

The couple’s kindness and inventiveness usher elementary school–age children, hailing from around the world, through patches of loneliness and angst. Although the Leydens pretend to dread loud, screaming kids, the truth is they cannot go a day without them. But even the most beautiful traditions wane. As John and Amanda ponder retirement, unapologetically chain-smoking in their ivy-covered cottage, the film poses a quietly profound question: Will their intimate and caring cultivation of future generations live on, or will it vanish like so many community-centered practices?

YEAR 2016

SECTION World Doc

COUNTRY Ireland/Spain

RUN TIME 100 min

COMPANY Soilsiú Films

WEBSITE http://soilsiu.com

EMAIL david@soilsiu.com

PHONE +353 868118112

Credits

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Post Production Supervisor
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Artist Bio

Neasa Ní Chianáin

Neasa Ní Chianáin has directed four feature documentaries. Her films, which have been screened all over the world and have won awards at many international film festivals, include Fairytale of Kathmandu, which premiered at IDFA, The Stranger, which premiered in Semaine de la Critique at Locarno, and In Loco Parentis, which premiered at IDFA. Neasa is a co-founder and director of the Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival.


David Rane

David Rane has produced award-winning documentary feature films including Fairytale of Kathmandu and The Stranger, and animated films such as the BAFTA Award–winning Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. His company, Soilsiú Films, is a regular recipient of Creative Europe funding. David is a co-founder and director of the Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival.